The third stanza is a person in the prime of their adulthood. It deals with the darker side of the human psyche. One possible interpretation is as follows: Blake is saying that repressing our righteous anger makes us scheme into finding underhand ways to get back at our enemies, and — consciously or unconsciously — we end up setting traps for our enemies in order to bring them down. However, as the poem progresses, it is seen that this continued growth of anger can yield harmful results as the enemy, or foe, is lured toward the tree and eats of its fruit, the poison apple. Blake then describes the ownership of the apple and that his enemy saw that it was solely his apple, i.
The original title Blake had for this poem, Christian Forbearance, reflects this. All that is positive is false — the sun of smiles, and the softness of deceit. The first quatrain explains that the narrator at one time became angry with a friend. It is he, who has increased the vengeance in his heart. And my foe beheld it shine, And he knew that it was mine, And into my garden stole, When the night had veiled the pole; In the morning glad I see My foe outstretchd beneath the tree. During the time this poem was written Blake had been part of a religious domination called the English Dissenters who had broken ties with the Angelica Church. In both of these metaphors, the basic elements for a tree to survive, water and sunlight are shown in human despair and sadness.
It is ironic that an apple is a healthy fruit but in the case of the poem the apple is bad for the foe's health. This shows an image of an apple tree, in its early stages, still growing. And it grew both day and night. I was angry with my foe: I told it not, my wrath did grow. The speaker seems to start with a request that illustrates his despondency simply because of its harshness. His wrath has become so great that it was able to grow a miraculous tree.
During the time this poem was written Blake had been part of a religious domination called the English Dissenters who had. No matter what the anger-poisoned speaker may believe, this not a victory. The fruit has now turned into a weapon. Neither you, nor the coeditors you shared it with will be able to recover it again. The darkness of the night acted like an invisible cloak for the poet. He lived a long life in which he wrote a copious amount of poetry Eaves.
The poem A Poison Tree is one of the most wonderful and appreciated works of William Blake. His ideas were against the prevailing attitudes of the church and state. The Serpent is the speaker, both tempting and deceitful. In the first three stanzas, the metaphor of anger as a tree is developed using imagery that is suggestive of trees. This kills his foe, as he is seen outstretched beneath the tree, a sight the speaker is glad to see the next morning.
In this poem, the poet has clearly stated about his anger and feeling of vengeance in his heart. Most of his poems depict emotions and the consequences of the same. All the cool artists had emotional problems and loneliness — Vincent Van Gogh is another example. This allows for the anger to go away, and results in a happy ending. The range of emotions includes fear, sadness and happiness.
Have these longer poems anything of value to say to us today? And I watered it in fears, Night and morning with my tears: And I sunned it with smiles, And with soft deceitful wiles. Only a small part of the anger that the narrator had felt left when he told his friend of the issue. And it grew both day and night. The speaker tells of how he talked to a friend about his anger and everything was fine but with an enemy he could not do so and kept the anger inside. In his writing, he compares the impact of lies and deceit on our souls as humans to that of nature and the lack of growth that impacts a tree if it is not provided the essentials.
Note the comma, splitting the line down the middle - syllabic symmetry which balances out. The poem that I have analyzed is A Poison Tree. Art is what always attracted this poet. This line tells the consequences of holding in the anger which makes the problems worse. In hisSongsof InnocenceandSongs of Experiencehe tries to bring a contrast between the innocence seen in achild and how this change as the child matures and learns the ways of the world which brings withit the harsh reality known as experience. Yet, the anger and the feeling of vengeance do not diminish, even with time.